by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Friday, December 7, 2012
Banketstaaf (Dutch Christmas Log)
I feel almost the same way about Almond Coffeecake. The long, rectangular variety that has that same irresistible line of almond paste down the center. Not to mention the sliced almonds and powdered sugar. The only difference is the moist, rich cake-ish casing. It's dangerous for me to be alone with one.
So, you can probably imagine my joy when, while searching for a Christmas-style pastry to close out #ChristmasWeek, I stumbled upon a traditional Dutch pastry that was basically another version of my beloved Almond Croissant. I'm gonna go ahead and throw this out there - this recipe is FAR too easy. So easy that it should be illegal. Mostly because I almost always have a box of puff pastry in the freezer... across from my stash of nuts (which includes sliced almonds). Also, rare is the month that I can resist picking up a block of homemade almond paste from one of the Amish ladies at the market. Plus, you can bet that there is always a bag of powdered sugar in my pantry.
Banketstaaf is my ultimate
- 1 sheet (½ of a 17.3 oz. pkg.) puff pastry, thawed
- 10 oz. almond paste
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 Tbs. apricot jam
- confectioners' sugar
- glace cherries and/or sliced, toasted almonds and/or whole blanched almonds
Welcome to day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Pies and Pastries”. Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.
- Christmas Apple Pie from Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Fried Pies from Jen of Juanita's Cocina
- Chocolate Angel Pie from Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Pie from Anuradha of Baker Street
- Cheese Danish Pie from Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
- Bakewell Tarts from Isabelle of Crumb
- Grasshopper Pie from Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Cranberry Fritters from Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
- Cinnamon Pecan Crescent Rolls from Ramona of Curry and Comfort
- Banketstaaf (Dutch Christmas Log) from Heather of girlichef
- Eggnog and Cranberry Christmas Braid from Cathy of The Dutch Baker's Daughter
- Raspberry Galette from Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.